- Author: Stephanie Larson
Do you think we can do more to prepare students for careers in natural resources? Dr. Susan Edinger Marshall, a professor at Humboldt State University, is offering 15 one-day passes ($150 value) to attend a symposium titled "Building a Better Capstone" in conjunction with the Annual Meetings of the Society for Range Management in Sacramento February 5, 2015. Educators, agency personnel, private consultants and business owners are encouraged to attend and/or apply for this scholarship.
In the real world, the water quality staff member may not appreciate the financial and operational constraints of a beef cattle producer. Or a rancher may not be prepared to craft an effective public relations campaign. Or data collection should span decades instead of three weeks. Recent graduates will, hopefully, be working in multidisciplinary teams in agencies and consulting firms to solve thorny problems. But are they getting that diverse experience in their capstones?
Faculty members from Humboldt State University, in collaboration with Oklahoma State University, Colorado State University and the University of Wyoming, received funding from USDA to hold this one-day symposium in Sacramento on February 5. The symposium will start with prepared talks from nationally recognized experts in higher education. In the afternoon sessions, World Cafe sessions will spawn multiple conversations about opportunities for improvement in higher education across institutional boundaries, using hybrid on-line and field-based teaching strategies. The end goal of this symposium is to build a team to write a larger $750,000 USDA grant to fund a pilot project - a better capstone.
This post was provided by Susan Edinger Marshall.